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Kay Geiger to receive 2017 Metropolitan Award

Kay Geiger will be the honoree at the sold-out 20th Annual Metropolitan Award Dinner on Oct. 24. The event will be sponsored by Western & Southern Financial and feature presentations by guests from Miami University, North American Properties and Standard Textile.
Geiger, who serves as PNC Bank’s president for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, receives this year’s award for her significant contributions to unify the region through leadership and commitment to economic and community development.
Geiger also serves on the boards and executive committees for the Kenton County/CVG Airport Board, Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, 3CDC and REDI Cincinnati. She also serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cintrifuse, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Zoological Society of Cincinnati and CincyTech.
Geiger is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Cincinnati Business Advisory Committee.
Past recipients of The Metropolitan Award have included Kathryn Merchant, Chuck and Julie Geisen Scheper, Victoria Buyniski Gluckman, William T. Robinson III, Dr. James and Rachel Votruba, Robert Sathe, Robert Castellini, William Burleigh, Judge Nathanial Jones, A.G. Lafley, Wayne Carlisle, William Keating, Patricia Corbett, Otto Budig, Jr., Ed and Carole Rigaud, William P. Butler, Joseph Head, Joseph Hayden and Oliver Waddell.
Read the full story at MetropolitanClub.net.

CVG gains momentum with addition of Southwest Airlines

In a huge win for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which recently downsized to just one terminal, Southwest Airlines has announced it will be moving in this summer.

Cincinnati was known as a hub for Delta until a few years ago when a number of cutbacks affected Delta's service to CVG. Delta now only operates about 100 flights per week at the airport. This has opened the airport up to other airlines, including budget airlines like Allegiant, Frontier and now Southwest. 

Passengers will be able to take one of eight daily Southwest flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport or Chicago Midway.

Read the whole story here.

Amazon planning $1.5 billion cargo hub at CVG

Last week, CVG received more good news: Amazon is planning to build a $1.5 billion cargo hub at the airport. This comes on the tail end of Southwest Airlines' announcement that it will be adding flights from CVG to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Chicago Midway.

With the completion of the proposed 2-million-square-foot facility, Amazon will be able to rely less on UPS and FedEx for air deliveries. The hub will also house Amazon's current and future fleet of airplanes, and bring about 2,000 jobs to the area.

To read the full Forbes story, click here.

Work Ready Initiative identifies two NKY projects for potential funding

Two Northern Kentucky organizations were identified for potential first-round funding by the Work Ready Skills Initiative.
The first is Boone County Schools and the second is Brighton Center, Inc. in Newport. They were among 22 other education-based finalists from around the state who applied and were selected to advance from a pool of more than 40 applicants from Kentucky’s 10 workforce areas.
The initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. A 10-member committee met last week in Frankfort to conduct interviews with applicants and review site-visit reports.
The committee will reconvene in January to examine budget specifics in an effort to maximize the funding impact across Kentucky. They will reserve at least $35 million for a second round of funding in 2017.
“We were overwhelmed by the quality of proposals and the strong public-private collaborations we witnessed this week,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, who chairs the committee. “It is apparent that the Work Ready Skills Initiative is being embraced statewide, as communities seek to transform their workforce.”
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.


CVG CEO lauds departing Skyward president in sendoff

In a November press release, longtime Skyward president Bill Scheyer announced his retirement from the organization that aims to create and implement a strategic vision for Northern Kentucky.
Scheyer is a 40-plus-year veteran of service to NKY and has been a member of Skyward’s leadership since 2009, when the organization was known as Vision 2015. Vision 2015 rebranded early last year, following consensus from participating organizations that culminated in the creation of a four-point myNKY regional plan to facilitate job growth, education enrichment, health and wellness and community vibrancy.
Candace McGraw, CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and chair of the Skyward Board of Directors noted at a recent sendoff ceremony, “We’re grateful to have had Bill lead us through the significant shift from Vision 2015 to Skyward and through the myNKY strategic planning process. Collective visioning is a strong community asset, due in large part to Bill’s vision, leadership and commitment to improving Northern Kentucky.”
Among his goals for retirement, Scheyer noted a desire to spend time with family, but said, “I plan to continue to stay involved and support the important issues I have cared about for so many year.”
Read the full River City News story here.


Levee looks ahead with new retail leasing agent

Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc. has been named as the exclusive retail leasing agent for Newport On the Levee.
The announcement comes on the heels of news that the $80 million Aqua On the Levee residential expansion is meeting occupancy expectations, with tenants already leasing 91 of 239 available units.
“Greater Cincinnati is our hometown,” said Mark Fallon, Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc. “Whether developing projects of our own, or working on behalf of others, nothing gives us greater pride and pleasure than working to enhance the local retail, dining and entertainment offerings throughout the region. We look forward to getting started.”
Levee General Manager Harold Dull said the group selected Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate firm because of “their proven successes locally.” Locally, the group has been credited with bringing profitable tenants to Rookwood Commons, The Banks, USquare at The Loop, Kenwood Collection and Crestview Hills Town Center.
“They have a long history of outstanding success and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on our team,” said Dull.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Construction to begin soon on KY 536 in Boone County

A segment of KY state route 536 will soon undergo expansion that will see the addition of widened roadways, roundabouts and multi-use paths.
WL Harper Company and Bluegrass Paving, Inc. of Hebron were contracted to complete the project along a three-mile stretch of Mt. Zion Road, which is expected to increase safety and improve traffic flow in the surrounding Union area.
“This project has been designed to accommodate the Union Town Center development,” said Bob Yeager, acting chief district engineer for Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “There will be raised medians on the new Kentucky 536 and U.S. 42 to further enhance pedestrian friendliness.”
The Mt. Zion roadway will be widened from two to five lanes starting at the I-71/75 southbound entrance and exit ramps, westward to U.S. 42. The five lanes will revert back to two at Old Union Road.
Yeager also said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue advancing design for improvements to additional KY 536 segments in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
Read the full River City News story here.


Ludlow entrepreneur gets serious about clown business

Paul Hallinan Miller is the driving force behind Ludlow’s popular Circus Mojo, a training ground for circus arts, where Miller has served up performances as well as beer for the last four years.
Circus Mojo has featured artists from 36 countries in an effort to put Ludlow on the global map for theatre arts destinations.
Now, Miller will partner with Belgium native Matthew Vermael to combine a new brewery concept with the circus business under the appropriately named Bircus Brewing Company. The pair will draw upon Belgian-inspired brew recipes, and proceeds will support Circus Mojo’s Social Circus Fund, which assists Ludlow’s children, nursing homes and hospitals.
“The theatre is a great venue, but you don’t make enough money selling other people’s beer,” said Miller.
Miller was able to raise $150,000 for the project from a variety of sources. “What’s so neat about this is my butcher invested, my doctor invested, a lot of people are investing, and I’ve been really specific and strategic in raising this money,” he said. “I wanted to tie in the whole idea of give the gift of beer this year, buy your dad a share in the brewery.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


KY lawmakers convene to discuss state of horseracing

"I just wanted to emphasize the importance of historical horse racing to the Commonwealth," Kentucky Racing Commission Chairman Frank Kling told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations during a recent meeting at Turfway Park in Florence.
Instant Racing — or historical horseracing wagering — was introduced at Kentucky Downs five years ago and has since expanded to Ellis Park in Henderson and Red Mile in Lexington. Officials say that form of betting helps increase the total amount of money paid out to owners of horses racing at a particular track.
KY Horse Racing Commission Board Member Mark Simendinger said states like Illinois, New Jersey and California that do not offer historical horseracing wagering suffer the economic effects.
"They have struggled," Simendinger said. "It is a struggle without that additional money. For us to compete it is vital for us to have the best conditions, the best purse program."
Read the full River City News story here.


NKY home builders among finalists for state workforce initiative funding

Out of 114 pre-applicants, 91 finalists were chosen to advance to the first-round funding phase of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative program.
Among those finalists is the Northern Kentucky Home Builders’ Enzweiler Institute.
The initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of KY employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.
Applicants submitted nearly $540 million in funding requests, with individual requests ranging from $40,000 to $28 million. Proposals came from all 10 state workforce areas and represented industry sectors that include manufacturing, healthcare, technology, transportation and construction/trades.
NKY Home Builders Executive Vice President Brian Miller echoed a key goal of the initiative in citing public-private partnerships his organization has forged with Boone County Schools, NKY Cooperative Education Services, Ludlow High School and Gateway Community & Technical College.
“We had created a plan to expand and renovate our facility,” Miller said. “And we are seen as the priority place for construction trades workforce development in Northern Kentucky.”
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


Justice & Public Safety Secretary Tilley to appear at Nov. government forum

John Tilley, Secretary of the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet will be the featured guest at a government forum November 18 at The Hilton Cincinnati Airport (7373 Turfway Road, Florence).
The forum will be presented by Fidelity Investments and Duke Energy.
Tilley was a key member of the legislature as chair of House Judiciary Committee before being appointed to his current post by Governor Matt Bevin last December.
“Secretary Tilley was always well-respected during his time in the legislature for being an expert in his policy area and working across party lines,” said Scott Sedmak, Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications at the NKY Chamber. “He was heavily involved in heroin legislation during recent legislative sessions and will bring a well-rounded wealth of knowledge on issues impacting the justice system.” 
The cost to attend the event is $30 for NKY Chamber members and $60 for future Chamber members. Reservations can be made by calling (859) 578-8800 or online here.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.


NKY employers recognized for supporting National Guard and Reserve

At a recent Florence Rotary Club meeting, three area employers received the Secretary of Defense 2016 Patriot Award for their commitment to hiring members of the National Guard and Reserve.

The awards were presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
“Our nation has relied heavily on Guard and Reserve members since entering continuous operations more than 14 years ago,” said Rod Bell, chair of Area 7 of the Kentucky Committee of ESGR.

The award was created to recognize employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by extending additional, non-mandated benefits to National Guard and Reserve employees. Those benefits may include differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence and other benefits.
“Employer support enhances retention rates in the Armed Forces and, in the end, strengthens our national security,” Bell said. “Recognizing supportive employers is vital to ESGR’s mission. ESGR’s state committees actively promote awards as a key element in furthering employer support, while strengthening relationships between service members and employers. These Department of Defense awards recognize and honor the sacrifices made by so many employers year-after-year.”
Those honored included:
  • Dylan Jaynes, Homeland Security (TSA); nominated by KY Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ryan Richter
  • Martha Chomyszak, U.S. Bank (Florence); nominated by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Cpl. Dan McKibbin
  • David Clark, CSX Transportation (Florence); nominated by U.S. Army Reserve 1 Lt. Brian Murphy

Dayton KY artist collective takes home Big Pitch award

This year’s ArtWorks Big Pitch competition featured several small projects by established artists, makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs from around the Greater Cincinnati region.
There were bakers, framers and apron-makers, but one project in particular shone a spotlight on Northern Kentucky’s creative scene.
Scott Beseler is a professional photojournalist and the creative force behind The Lodge, a multifunctional creative space and recording studio housed in a former Masonic lodge in Dayton, KY. Beseler submitted The Lodge for Big Pitch’s annual competition, ultimately taking home $5,000 in business grants as recipient of the competition’s audience-choice award.
The competition, presented by U.S. Bank, provides contestants with business coaching and support for 10 weeks, culminating in a public pitch event in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges. The competition took place Oct. 6 at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.
Beseler, who describes his vision for The Lodge as a “rock ‘n roll bed and breakfast slash art studio,” will use the awarded funds to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the physical space, while looking ahead to expansion that would include installing a commercial kitchen for catering events and hiring an employee to oversee day-to-day operations.
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.

NKY companies to host Manufacturing Preview Days in October

October kicks off a series of events designed to get students interested in lucrative, rewarding manufacturing careers.
According to the regional event’s website, Manufacturing Day is “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”
While Manufacturing Day officially occurs the first Friday in October — with this year’s kickoff events taking place Oct. 7 — companies and community organizations can choose any day of the year to plan events that will help draw attention and interest to this important industry.
This year, three local companies will host events:

October 7; 9 a.m. Skilcraft LLC, 5184 Limaburg Rd. Burlington, KY 41005
Register here to join a tour of Skilcraft’s sheet metal contract manufacturing service. Attendees will enjoy a free lunch, meet the staff and see how the machines work. Bring a resume, safety goggles and wear closed-toed shoes. Friends and family are welcome.
October 7; 8 a.m. Baluff, Inc. 7055 Industrial Rd. Florence, KY 41042
Learn about modern manufacturing and automation and tour Baluff’s Florence plant to experience high-tech manufacturing, take part in interactive automation labs and learn about available careers. Groups larger than 40 should email Chris Duncan for scheduling.
October 26; 1:30 p.m. Mazak Corp. 8025 Production Dr. Florence, KY 41042
Mazak presents Making It Real, a series of summits designed to expose female middle and high school students to modern manufacturing. This program provides students and educators an opportunity to learn direction from female business leaders about today’s manufacturing workplace and discover the skills needed to land a successful career. Attendees will enjoy campus tours, hands-on demonstrations, student workshops and a unique “Women in Manufacturing” panel discussion. This program is sponsored by Dream It Do It OKI, I Made It NKY, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative and Talent Pipeline Initiative. For more information, email Stephen Tucker or Debby Combs.
For more information on Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com.


Covington's new Innovation Alley to host startup celebration Oct. 6

At a recent convening, the Covington Board of City Commissioners announced that the alley connecting Russell and Washington Streets in Covington will henceforth be known as Innovation Alley.
It was later announced the alley will serve as venue for UPSTART, a street celebration of regional entrepreneurship taking place Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
The designation acknowledges the cluster of buildings in that area that now or will soon house startups, tech companies and business incubators such as bioLOGIC, Bexion Pharmaceuticals, UpTech and Bad Girl Ventures.
“This formal action taken by the City Commission is the first step in recognizing what many people have worked so hard to build during the past 15 years — an innovation district in heart of downtown Covington,” said Casey Barach, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network and Senior VP of Entrepreneurship for Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.
The Covington-based MKSK design and architecture firm has developed a strategy for redeveloping and activating the alley with phases that include beautification, restoration and, finally, installation of solar covered parking, flexible public spaces and awnings.
An event page describes UPSTART as an opportunity to, “Join small business owners, lenders, advisers and many others in a street festival to celebrate entrepreneurship and get inspiration and advice from existing companies.”
The event will feature live local music, beer and food. Click here to reserve tickets.
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.

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